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El Vez

4.7
4.7
6022 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 115 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 928-9800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dave Conn

  • Catering

    With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    Sansom

  • Parking details

    Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,022 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. CT

    ChristineT

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and service but was just too loud. We struggled to have a conversation. Would go back but maybe get outside table.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, terrific vibe
  3. EH

    EmilyH

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a great place to meet up with friends! A bit loud but fun energy!
  4. KL

    KristenL

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service
  5. JC

    JoseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I'm a big nacho fan and theirs are some of the best I ever had.
  6. J

    Jeff

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We came in to celebrate our daughters 21 b day. We started with chips and guacamole. Our server was great. It was her first night. Tacos were good and to end the meal, they sent out two Chuurios with a candle for the birthday. Perfect touch.
  7. JK

    JKenton

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service from Sophie. Would definitely recommend.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner-as always a great day experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant. Our server was superb! Food was delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Owen was great!
  11. b

    bborn

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    The hostess accommodated to our last minute person add-on. We were sat outside. It took about 10 minutes for our waitress to come to our table after she walked past us twice saying “I’ll be right with you.” The waitress didn’t even offer suggestions on appetizers or drinks to start with. After placing our order it came out fairly quickly. We ordered a pitcher of margaritas to share with 3 people and quickly consumed it. The waitress walked past 3 times and didn’t even offer for us to place another order for drinks. We had to flag her down to have her get us another drink order. Our meals came out soon after and our table wasn’t cleared from our appetizers. Our waitress asked if she could clear the table despite the plates being emptied and neatly put together for someone to collect. The service staff just put out entree meals on top of our appetizer plates. Additionally we told our waitress that there was only enough silverware for 2 people. We had to wait roughly 5 minutes for more silverware to come out. After our meal our waitress asked if she could bring us our check. She didn’t even try to up-sell more drinks nor asked us for any dessert. I frequent El Vez a lot and never experienced service like this before. We were quite disappointed so we ended up leaving early despite wanting to drink more margs and went to a different restaurant for margaritas.
  13. f

    friend123

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was great - friendly and knowledgeable
  14. NW

    NancyW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious! We had a lovely wait person and had reservations to sit outside. Pleasant evening, but inside the volume was quite high. I will want to come back every time I’m in the city.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother’s 70 Birthday
  16. R

    Riri

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved celebrating my husband‘s Father’s Day at El Vez. Our wait was not long and the food and service was amazing! It was my second time there. Also, the hot churros were to die for!!!
  17. c

    caribguy76

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always like trying a new place when we visit Philly and El Vez did not disappoint! Amazing food and drinks, great staff, and just a great vibe. Will definitely visit again when we’re back in town!
  18. L

    Laura

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time back - not the last! Great food, always surprises me with their unique but amazing flavors.
  19. H

    Hatborolover

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    It took over 15 minutes to get menus. It took even longer to get our drinks delivered to our table. No one came to check on us after our food was delivered and no second drinks were offered. It was a little unsatisfying and for the price we expected something better.
  20. SB

    SaraB

    Philadelphia

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing guacamole and empanadas! The food here is always top notch and the drinks are fab. The servers are so nice and helpful without being obtrusive. A great place for a casual brunch!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    6 of us for dinner in town for a wedding. Food was really good. Our server was a little inexperienced and maybe because of the noise level he had some trouble understanding us. We had to ask for things a couple of times and it was a little slow but no big deal. Would definitely go back, it’s a loud and fun and busy place which seems sophisticated and casual at the same time.
  22. AD

    AntoinetteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and ambience was great; the food was outstanding!
  23. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was good, but not great. Everything was obviously completely overpriced for just ok Mexican cuisine. It was also pretty small portions too for the price we paid. We ordered the $10 chips and salsa appetizer(ridiculously over priced) plus the Guac appetizer, but was only given one small basket of tortilla chips, which ran out fairly quickly. I love all things Mexican cuisine, and walked out of there wishing I had gone to Chili’s about a block away and saving myself about $60.
  24. SC

    SuzanneC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best spicy margaritas. The best nachos. The best taco platter. Doesn’t get any better. Favorite place to sit is the bar.
  25. S

    Sofia

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! We’ve been coming to El Vez for years, and we’re always impressed by how El Vez consistently provides great service and delicious food in such a busy setting. The guac is awesome. The cocktail menu offers many interesting margaritas and other options. The taco sampler and sweet corn empanadas were a favorite this visit!
  26. MW

    MarilynW

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Starr restaurants you need to rethink having this restaurant and part of your group. Service was very fast. 2 rushed courses and we were out in 45 min ! Steak tacos, short rib enchiladas and roasted brussel sprouts. No chips, no salsa nothing for the start of the meal. All ala carte. Steak tacos steak was sparse and mostly fatty flank steak. Serving on corn tortillas made for a soggy mess. Short rib enchiladas decent but serving size not worth the money. Roasted brussels mostly were so spicy hot to eat of the ones you could chew. Underdone. Can’t swallow, can’t spit out. Now what? Overpriced and we will not be going back again.
  27. YN

    YosefN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing blood orange margaritas, nachos, carnitas tacos, and corn!
  28. BR

    BRamirez

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Vez never disappoints and our server, Carley was awesome! La Diabla Margs were on point! For food we had the original guacamole, Nacho Mamma (get them!) and Tacos Al Carbon; steak and shrimp. Everything was delicious. Another great night at El Vez.
  29. JS

    JeffS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to meet and eat!
  30. O

    Outoftowner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers were fantastic. They were friendly, helpful, with just the right balance of attentiveness.
  31. DM

    DonM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing as always. Our server was fantastic in the beginning and then suddenly it was like a full-time job to track down anyone to order more drinks and desert. Then our desert never showed and we felt abandoned for 20+ minutes. Not sure what happened, but we’ll still come back again.
  32. ML

    MaryL

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not the best place, but would still recommend. Tried 2 different pitchers of margaritas, I'd recommend their regular margarita versus the flavored one. Service was perfect, wish I remembered her name.
  33. F

    Felix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The guacamole de la hoya and margaritas were great. My date and I both had enchiladas, which were good, but I’d recommend putting the onions from the rice and beans on them and they’d be perfect!
  34. MM

    MiMi

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    El Vez is a summer staple for me! My only complaint is the crab guacamole is gone! And the bathrooms are cringeeeeee!!!
  35. j

    jel1955

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a great time
  36. MD

    MD000

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love loved our server. They had only been on staff for two weeks and I was so grateful to have such a positive (rainy stormy day) experience bc of them.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Vez always delivers a fun and delicious dining experience. The atmosphere is lively and it’s a little loud, but people are upbeat and having a great time. The food is really good too - you cannot go wrong with the guacamole which is made to order and
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I still love El Vez very much but their menu has changed drastically since COVID. There are some staples on there (crab guac being one) that have disappeared. The overall experience was still good though. Blood Orange margs still the best in the city!
  39. N

    Niio

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Everything was good, one negative was that the waiter seemed to be rushing us out at every step of the meal. Seemed as if the moment we got there she wanted to clear the table for someone else
  40. KM

    KarlM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, and they brought me a birthday dessert!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Vez offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 928-9800.

El Vez is rated 4.7 stars by 6022 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 115 times today
Google Map for El Vez

121 South 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sansom

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dave Conn

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 928-9800

  • Catering

    With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for more information.

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